Aussie environmentalist may have to pay compensation for disrupting logging

Using a homemade locking contraption, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reveals Australian anti-logging activist Mira Clohessy secured herself onto logging equipment in Mowen Forest located in Western Australia Tuesday morning. She locked herself onto the equipment to protest the logging of a 4000 acre swathe of Mowen Forest’s native jarrah and karri trees. It is the third time in a month’s time that logging operations in Mowen Forest have been held up by protests.

To their credit, the group Clohessy belonged to raised $90,000 AUS in order to buy the forests from the Western Australian government, but the offer was declined. Clohessy did a thorough job in her latching herself to the logging equipment. Police say it took longer than normal to extract her since she weaved herself in and around the mechanical parts. Fortunately, Ms. Clohessy’s efforts won’t be without repercussions. She will be charged with being a nuisance on state land and is scheduled for a later court date. The inspector of the Forest Products Commission says he will pursue compensation too in which previous compensation claims have been levied against similar protesters from approximately $1300 to $12,000 AUS.

Pursuing compensation is the best avenue to hinder anti-logging and other environmentalist-oriented activities. The Western Australian government and the logging company whose time and money have been affected by protests like the one conducted by Mira Clohessy should pursue compensation as well as charge people like her to the fullest extent of the law. Protests like this demonstrate the inverted priorities of people like Mira Clohessy since they put the existence of trees over the needs of human beings. Trees are a resource like coal, crude oil, and natural gas and people have an absolute right to use them and other forms of nature in order to sustain and enhance our lives. I am sure the policy of any government that allows logging does not allow recklessness and efforts to re-plant trees extracted are conducted.

While the green group that Ms. Clohessy belonged to tried to raise money to buy the sections of land in controversy, the sum was obviously not enough or I am sure the Western Australian government would have agreed to the sale. Hopefully, though, the fact that environmentalists pay large sums of money for their nihilistic and obstructionist activities will be enough of a deterrence. But I won’t hold my breath.